Statues Across England Spring to Life with Mobile Technology

Public statues of well-known figures in the UK are being given voices through smartphone technology with the aim of enabling people to better connect with the history around them. The project uses QR codes and NFC chips built into ‘heritage plaques’ attached to the statues which trigger an audio file disguised as a phone call, creating the illusion that the historical or literary figures involved are contacting users directly. A number of famous writers have been involved in creating the monologues for the statues, including Jacqueline Wilson, Tony Harrison and Anthony Horowitz, while voices have been provided by figures including Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Paxman, Nicholas Parson, Jenna-Louise Coleman and Russell Tovey.

Check out the Talking Statues website here